Emergency Water Restrictions to be implemented in Gol Gol and Buronga

Wentworth Shire Council advise customers in the Gol Gol and Buronga townships that water supply emergency use restrictions are imposed, effective immediately, until further notice.

Water may only be used for internal domestic use. No external use is permitted for town filtered or raw water in Gol Gol and Buronga townships. This includes automatic sprinklers which must be turned off during this emergency restriction period. Swimming pools are prohibited from being topped up via automatic or manual means during the emergency period.

Extremely low water levels in the Murray River at these locations has impacted on the ability to meet demand for town supplies.

Wentworth Shire Council recognises the inconvenience this may place on customers however by restricting water use now, the ability to maintain storage levels during this time of low river levels will be optimised.

Wentworth Shire Council crews are working around the clock and community support of these restrictions is crucial to ensure the existing drinking water supplies are maintained.

Regular updates will be provided by the Wentworth Shire Council website, social medial channels, radio and print.

General Manager, Mr Ken Ross said, “Supplying our customers with safe drinking water and maintaining drinking water supplies remain our priority and we thank customers for their co-operation.”

For further information on extremely low water levels in the Murray River and weir re-instatement, visit https://www.mdba.gov.au/news-media-events/newsroom/media-centre/joint-media-release-work-underway-reinstate-mildura-weir

Wentworth Aerodrome officially opened by Deputy Premier Paul Toole

Wentworth Aerodrome has been officially opened by Deputy Premier Paul Toole on 31 January 2023.

Wentworth Shire Council was successful in securing $8.42 million of funding from Restart NSW (Regional Growth: Economic Activation Fund – Growing Local Economies Program) in 2019 to provide an all-weather, 24 hour access facility with the capacity for Code 2B Aircraft (15-21 seat planes).

With a $700,000 contribution from Wentworth Shire Council, this brings the combined total for the project to $9.12 million.

The upgrade project included the construction of a new sealed runway, taxiway and apron, aircraft parking areas and the installation of pilot activated lighting. The Civil Construction components of the project were carried out by Wentworth Shire Council staff and project managed by Council. This enabled considerable budget savings.

Additional works on the Wentworth Aerodrome Upgrade commenced in September 2021 following approval from funding body Restart NSW to utilise the project’s savings to upgrade the facility’s secondary runway.

These works included the construction, sealing and installation of AGL lighting to the remaining 600m length of runway 17/35 with the capacity for Code 2B aircraft.

The Wentworth Aerodrome Upgrade Project was completed in January 2022, with operators making full use of the facilities ever since. All works have been completed in accordance with the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) national standards.

This upgrade will support the rural and remote emergency and air freight networks, cater for larger charter aircraft used by the mining and government sectors, as well as cater to air charter tours for international and domestic visitors. This will enable better access to Mungo National Park, the iconic Murray & Darling River Junction and other tourist attractions in the area.

In addition, Deputy Premier Paul Toole announced at the official opening of the Wentworth Aerodrome that $176,108 of funding from the Stronger Country Communities Fund Round Five has been secured to upgrade the airport hangars.

“This will allow the aerodrome to run power to all aircraft hangers, as well as install an automated gate to the tarmac, boosting security for users and increasing the appeal for local aviation businesses. The funding will also allow for the purchase and installation of area navigation equipment, bringing the aerodrome into the 21st century and making take-off and landing safer for pilots.” Mr Toole said.

NEW CITIZENS & AUSTRALIA DAY AWARD WINNERS FOR 2023

Wentworth Shire Council has welcomed three new citizens to Australia and announced the Australia Day Award winners at their Ceremony held at the Coomealla Memorial Sporting Club in Dareton on 25 January 2023.

The Australia Day 2023 Awards had very worthy nominees, each of whom have made outstanding contributions to the community through volunteering, sports, culture and the environment. Nominees for the Citizen of the Year award included Ross Hall, Clair Bates, Gwen Wilkinson and Jan White.

The Wentworth Shire Council 2023 Citizen of the year is Gwen Wilkinson. Gwen is a Life Member of the Gol Gol Rural Fire Service, a wildlife carer for almost 35 years with Sunraysia Wildlife Carers Group and an extremely active member at the Australian Inland Botanic Gardens since 2012.

Other award winners on the night included Daniel Hawkins, Young Citizen of the Year, Bec Marshall Sportsperson of the Year, Kalesita Burton Young Sportsperson of the Year.

Mayor Tim Elstone also conferred citizenship on Miss Anna Kuus, Mrs Brooke Mobilio and Ms Ludivina Macalla.

Mayor of Wentworth Shire, Cr Tim Elstone said “On behalf of the Wentworth Shire community, I warmly welcome our new citizens to the Wentworth Shire and to Australia. I also congratulate the 2023 award winners and of course, all of the deserving nominees. I would also like to acknowledge those who took the time to submit such worthy nominations. In addition, I would like to thank our Australia Day Ambassador, Dr. Clio Cresswell and Senator Perin Davey for being part of our celebrations. It was a pleasure to have them attend.

2023 Australia Day Award Winners – – pictured with Mayor of Wentworth Shire Cr Tim Elstone, Senator Perin Davey & Australia Day Ambassador Dr Clio Cresswell
2023 Citizen of the Year Nominees – pictured with Mayor of Wentworth Shire Cr Tim Elstone & Australia Day Ambassador Dr Clio Cresswell
Sportsperson of the Year – Rebecca (Bec) Marshal – pictured with Mayor of Wentworth Shire Cr Tim Elstone & Australia Day Ambassador Dr Clio Cresswell
Young Citizen of the Year – Daniel Hawkins – pictured with Mayor of Wentworth Shire Cr Tim Elstone & Australia Day Ambassador Dr Clio Cresswell
Young Sportsperson of the Year – Kalesita Burton – – pictured with Mayor of Wentworth Shire Cr Tim Elstone & Australia Day Ambassador Dr Clio Cresswell
Citizen of the Year Nominee – Jan White – pictured with Mayor of Wentworth Shire Cr Tim Elstone & Australia Day Ambassador Dr Clio Cresswell
Senator Perin Davey & Cr Daniel Linklater Deputy Mayor for Wentworth Shire Council
Citizen of the Year – Ross Hall – pictured with Mayor of Wentworth Shire Cr Tim Elstone & Australia Day Ambassador Dr Clio Cresswell

Wentworth Shire to welcome new citizens

Three Wentworth Shire residents will become its newest citizens during a special citizenship ceremony at Coomealla Memorial Sporting Club in Dareton this Australia Day Eve, Wednesday 25 January 2023 from 6:00pm.

Wentworth Shire Mayor, Cr Tim Elstone said: “Our new will join thousands of other Australians who are celebrating their citizenship. They will contribute their skills and cultural diversity to our local community, and enrich it through their hard work and participation in public life.”

Mayor Elstone will preside over the ceremony, which will also include the Australia Day Awards Ceremony and a Welcome to Country by Arthur Kirby from Barkindji Maraura Elders Environment Team (BMEET).

Other events to celebrate Australia Day on Thursday 26 January 2023 will include:

Breakfast in the Australian Inland Botanic Gardens

A breakfast cooked by the Buronga Gol Gol Lions Club in the picturesque Australian Inland Botanic Gardens commencing from 8:00am.

Pooncarie – Breakfast in Pioneers Memorial Park

The Pooncarie and District Development Association will hold a breakfast in Pioneers Memorial Park, Pooncarie commencing from 8:00am.

Dareton Community Brunch in the Park

The Dareton Coomealla Namatjira Community Action Group will hold a brunch in Tapio Park, Dareton commencing from 10:00am.

“I encourage everyone to not only enjoy Australia Day festivities, but to take time and reflect on what it means to be an Australian citizen. Think about how you can become more involved with your local community, to help make it a better place every day,” said Mayor Elstone.

For more information about Australia Day activities in Wentworth Shire, visit the Experience Wentworth website at: www.experiencewentworth.com.au

For more information about Australian citizenship (including eligibility criteria and application process) and our shared values, visit www.citizenship.gov.au

Ready to Winedown at the Australian Inland Botanic Gardens?

FREE TO ATTEND // FOR ALL AGES

Get ready to Winedown at the Australian Inland Botanic Gardens (AIBG), Buronga. Pack your picnic rug and bring your friends to enjoy a platter and listen to some of Australia’s top artists.

Featuring MallratAlldayAlice Ivy & Loose Bricks, you can enjoy some of the region’s best wine offerings with pop-up cellar doors and a beer garden.

Enjoy a platter of delicious gourmet foods from local catering companies and food vans.

Although the event is no longer located at Wentworth, buses will still be running from Wentworth, Dareton, Buronga and Gol Gol to support our local businesses before and after the event.

Buses will also be running to and from Mildura for those living across the border. All bus tickets will be a small fee of $10 plus booking fee for a return trip.

Head to www.experiencewentworth.com.au to purchase bus tickets and for more information.

Funded by the Reconnecting Regional NSW – Community Events Program

NSW SES Flood Update 19 Jan 2023

Flood update from NSW SES at 3.28pm on 19 January 2023

Summary

WATCH AND ACT – DO NOT ENTER FLOODWATER

The NSW SES advises people NOT TO ENTER FLOODWATER due to
current widespread moderate flooding in Wentworth and surrounding areas.

You should monitor the situation as it is constantly changing. Avoid floodwater for your safety.

The Bureau of Meteorology advises the Murray River at Wentworth is currently at 32.95 metres
AHD and falling slowly, with moderate flooding.

The river is likely to remain above the moderate flood level (32.68 metres AHD) over the
weekend into early next week.

Current and predicted flows in the Darling River are not likely to cause significant river level rises
at Wentworth.

Read the full press release below.

Clean-up of Disaster Debris and Waste for residential properties

Wentworth Shire Council continues to support residents impacted by the 2022-2023 floods, with funding arrangements underway to assist those in the clean-up phase.

NSW Reconstruction Authority and Wentworth Shire Council will be introducing an assessment process for residential properties to clean-up disaster debris & waste – to make homes safe, habitable and accessible.

Individual property assessment

If your residential property was directly impacted by flood waters, you may be eligible for the clean-up program. Wentworth Shire Council will assess properties individually, prior to skip bin deliveries, to assess flood related debris and waste items.

To assist with property assessments, we ask residential customers to register their details, including:

  • The property address of your residence
  • Areas of your property that were impacted by flood waters
  • The type/s of debris and waste to be collected

Where possible, please supply photographs of debris and waste and the locations of impacted areas.

Types of debris and waste that are eligible for collection

  • Event related debris such as mud, damaged furniture and white goods
  • Spoiled perishable food items
  • Building material debris such as tiles, bricks, roof sheeting and broken glass
  • Trees removed by State Emergency Service members (or equivalent) which impacted the safe access to a house

Types of debris and waste that are NOT eligible for collection

  • horticultural plantings
  • dead trees and shrubs

Be prepared

To prepare for the clean-up program, residential customers can prepare by doing the following:

  • Register your details on the form below
  • Separate your debris and waste where possible into individual piles for collection

Further updates and collection schedules will be announced in due course.


Clean-up of Disaster Waste and Debris – Assessment Form

Under the joint Australian Government-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements 2018 (DRFA), assistance may be provided to support disaster declared NSW communities.

Councils in Local Governments Areas (LGA) may be able to access DRFA, if they have been impacted by a declared natural disaster and the work required to support the community recovery is eligible.

The assessment is to evaluate the requirements for the removal of disaster related debris from residential properties to make it safe, habitable and accessible, preventing displacement of the resident.

Step 1 of 3

Part 1: Application Information

If entering a land-line phone, enter the area code. For example: (03) 5027 5027 OR 03 5027 5027

Flood Impact Survey for businesses impacted by floods

Has your business been impacted due to flooding in the area? Have you suffered from a lack of tourism due to floods?

The NSW Government would like to know the financial impacts of the recent storms and floods on businesses in flood affected regions.

Your business does not necessarily need to be affected by rising flood waters to complete the survey. Other types of flood water impacts may be due to road detours, lack of visitation, supply chain issues or additional costs in mitigation works.

If your business has been impacted, please complete the short 5 minute survey.

Your input will support ongoing disaster response and help get assistance to those in our region who need it.

Fee relief for families with preschool aged children in long day care and community and mobile preschools

The NSW Government is providing fee relief for families with preschool aged children in long day care and community and mobile preschools from January 2023.

Families can save up to $4,220 per child on community and mobile preschool fees and up to $2,110 per child on long day care fees (in addition to the Child Care Subsidy). The fee relief will be passed on to families as a reduction in fees.

For more information visit the Start Strong website, call 1800 619 113, or email ececd@det.nsw.edu.au

NSW SES Flood Update 4 Jan 2023

Flood update from NSW SES at 12.01pm on 4 January 2023

Summary

POONCARIE

The Darling River at Pooncarie is currently at 7.29 metres and steady, with minor flooding. The Darling River at Pooncarie may exceed the moderate flood level (7.60 metres) around mid January. The river level may reach around 8.00 metres during late January, with moderate flooding. Further rises are possible.

BURTUNDY

The Darling River at Burtundy is currently at 7.25 metres and steady, with minor flooding. The Darling River at Burtundy may exceed the major flood level (7.70 m) late January. The river level may reach around 8.40 metres early February, with major flooding. Further rises are possible.

Read the full press release below.